Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail
and evading the law for seven years by taking refuge in London's Ecuadorean embassy saying he feared extradition to the United States.
LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail by a London court on Wednesday for skipping bail
to enter the Ecuadorean embassy where he was holed up for almost seven years until police dragged him out last month.
Now a legal argument over whether the 78 days spent in Georgian custody should be taken off his sentence for skipping bail
Handing down her judgment before a packed courtroom at Westminster magistrates court, senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said she was not persuaded by the argument from Assange's legal team that it was not in the public interest to pursue him for skipping bail
. She said: "I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years.
The Swedish case was dropped last year, but the arrest warrant for skipping bail
in 2012 by seeking refuge in Ecuador's embassy still holds, the judge ruled.
He had pleaded not guilty to being drunk on an aircraft but after skipping bail
was convicted by magistrates in his absence.
It is anticipated that he will be put before the courts today, where a judge will determine whether he should face further punishment for skipping bail
Emeline Essertel, 24, is wanted by police for skipping bail
after appearing in court on charges of theft, credit card fraud and possessing CS gas.
Yesterday the Western Mail revealed that, since skipping bail
in March, the "French-Italian" au pair had taunted the family she stole from by posting pictures on her Faceher book page of herself having a good time back in France.
He now faces being extradited back to the US where he was given a 15-year jail sentence after being arrested in 2004 and skipping bail
a year later using.
At Maidstone Crown Court in Kent yesterday, he was slapped with an additional four months for skipping bail
Guild failed to appear in court on November 16 and was remanded in custody on November 30 for skipping bail
A DANGEROUS armed robber may be on the run in Ireland after skipping bail
in the US, FBI agents warned.
"People thinking about skipping bail
should know that we never give up on finding them, no matter how long it takes."
Polanski now faces two years in a LA jail after skipping bail